Speaker NA reiterates Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate Afghan people

All political leaders irrespective of their political affiliation play their positive role in this regard through the platform of Parliament: Speaker

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Islamabad: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate Afghan brethren in every manner in this hour of need. Addressing the All Parties National conference on Afghanistan issue in Islamabad on Monday, he stressed for making a national policy on Afghanistan issue as peace in Pakistan and Afghanistan is interlinked. The Speaker urged all political leaders irrespective of their political affiliation to play their positive role in this regard through the platform of Parliament. Asad Qaiser said to facilitate Afghan patients; we are planning to build hospitals near border areas while visa policy for Afghan patients is also being reviewed. He also urged the world community to play its role for provision of health facilities to Afghan people. The Speaker said our government is introducing incentivized policy for Afghan investors to grow their businesses in Pakistan. He said this policy will be passed by the Federal Cabinet, on Tuesday.

Addressing the conference, Special Representative to the Prime Minister on Religious Harmony Allama Tahir Ashrafi urged the international community to come forward and help the Afghan people in this hour of need.He said the Afghan people have been facing a crisis like situation in the prevalent extreme cold weather. He emphasized on engaging with the Afghan interim government. Allama Tahir Ashrafi said the world has acknowledged Pakistan’s stance that peace in Afghanistan is possible only through negotiations. He said the recently held OIC Council of Foreign Ministers’ conference in Islamabad provided an opportunity to the international community to discuss the problems being faced b the Afghan people and find their solution. Earlier to this, Addressing a Youth Convention at Tordher, district Swabi, he said that when PTI assumed the reign of power, the foreign exchange reserves of the country were at lowest ebb and were able for payment of the salaries of only few months and in compulsion, the government has approached the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The speaker said that due to coronavirus pandemic, the whole world was in the grip of inflation, which also affected Pakistan. He explained that the government has launched Kissan Card for farmers and interest free credit scheme for youth. He said that for first time in the history of the country, a parliamentary committee has been constituted for the protection of the rights of peasants. Asad Qaiser said the welfare-oriented initiatives including Ehsas Programme, Sehat Card, Kissan Card and interest free loans scheme for youth will generate new employment opportunities in the country. He further said that all development schemes initiated by the PTI government would be completed in consultation with stakeholders to pass on its positive impact to common man.

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